It takes more than streets and the services that are on those streets. If you replaced New York’s shopfronts with indoor shopping malls, you would remove the desire to be out in the street and kill off the culture.
If Mississauga want to create a vibrant downtown they’ll need windowed shopfronts, access via public transport, wide footpaths, pedestrianisation of the streets (no cars!) and public space which makes one want to hang around outside. Downtown areas aren’t invigorated by accommodating car access and putting up giant shopping centres. They should probably just send an invitation to Jan Gehl 😉]]>
I’d also like to see what sort of positive effect the eixample of Barcelona have had on the people living there. These blocks which were planned to have big hidden communal parks/gardens for the residents on the block are a super idea imho.]]>
I would say their layouts and planning greatly affect the way I inhabit them. I should also say I love all three cities, just differently.
I found in Los Angeles I had to try much harder to stay in touch w/friends not so much b/c of physical distance for I would argue it would be similar to the other more urban two… But that there seemed to be a mental distance that would force you to make plans to see these individuals.
I guess there was less opportunity for the spontaneous meet-up and never really any opportunity for running into someone on the street.
Although in Los Angeles you are privy to a sort of anonymity not possible in the other smaller two.
All are beautiful images by the way.]]>
I also agree with you that the people make the city. They add just as much character as the streets and historical monuments do.]]>